Australia and NZ recall frozen vegetables over listeria fears

Desiree Burns
July 10, 2018

Belgium-based frozen food distributor Greenyard Frozen NV is conducting the recall of its products and United Kingdom supermarkets - Aldi, Lidl, Iceland, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose - have also removed various frozen vegetable products from their shelves due to concerns about possible listeria contamination.

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This brings the total of products potentially affected by the deadly bacteria to 45.

A statement issued by the company last Wednesday said it had chosen to recall products from the plant in response to a decision by Hungary's Food Safety Agency.

All of the affected supermarket products have been made by Greenyard Frozen UK even though many of them are sold as supermarket own brand products.

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand have recalled nine products - a mix of corn, carrot, pea and broccoli ranges - that originated from Britain, Belgium and Hungary.

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The bacteria grows on certain high-risk foods.

Symptoms of the rare disease include muscle aches, fevers, nausea, drowsiness and diarrhoea, according to a Department of Health fact sheet.

It poses the biggest threat to elderly people, pregnant women, babies and people with weak immune systems.

Six Australians died from eating the listeria-infected fruit in February.

Sweetcorn is the number one suspect food that needs to be eliminated, but frozen beans, peas, mixed veg and peppers are also on the danger list.

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